Joined Sep 8 2011
TBAAF - Purchase Directly From International Bear and Doll Artists
My love for teddy bears and dolls began in my childhood. I started creating bears as a hobby after the birth of my daughter in 1989, but it wasn't until after attending a local Doll and Bear Show in 1995 that my real fascination and obsession with "artist-made" bears began. The bears captured my heart and inspired my creativity. I spent the following years perfecting my skills and developing my own style. Since then I have been creating top-quality, award-winning, one-of-a-kind heirloom teddy bears, dogs, cats, bunnies and elephants.
My bears are one-of-a-kind and mostly traditional in style, but I also create contemporary, primitive, "whimsical and sassy" teddy bears and companions in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. They are made from the finest quality German and English mohair, recycled furs and other luxury fabrics. Each bear is created as an art piece. Many hours are spent on creating a unique face and they all end up with their own distinct character. The love I put into each bear and my extreme care and attention to detail adds to their personality and charm.
Much of my inspiration comes from my love of children, animals, antiques, shabby chic, gardening, holidays, and the Victorian Era. I collect antique and vintage children's clothing and accessories, fabrics, holiday items, photographs of children with their teddy bears, and other old and new trinkets, to accessorize my bears and to use as props. I especially enjoy creating, old-looking, well-loved bears reminisent of the past. I dye and distress the mohair, handpaint facial features, and stuff them with excelsior for that old-style feel. Some bears are dressed in antique or vintage clothing, while others are simply accessorized with vintage collars, ribbons, lace, buttons, and other trimmings.
My bears are intended for adult collectors and not as children's toys, as they contain parts and materials that are not child safe. I do on request make bears suitable for children.
Designing and creating teddy bears is my passion. No other craft has been as fulfilling or touched me as deeply as bear making. Realizing the importance of teddy bears and how they can affect a person's life, keeps my passion for creating alive. When you look into the face of one of my creations and smile, I know I've accomplished an important goal. I hope one of my creations will capture your heart and become a cherished family heirloom.